Day 8

Jesus Lived, Died, and Rose from the Grave

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan


John 3:16-17, Matthew 15:29-31, Luke 18:31-33; John 19:28-30; Romans 5:6-11; Philippians 2:5-11

It is an unlikely story. But I only just realized this.

Recently, my wife and I surprised our kids by taking them to the Humane Society. We’d seen a kitten on their website and thought he would be would be perfect for our family. But when we got there, we realized he had a twin brother. As we walked up to them we saw them playing together. Not having the heart to separate them, we left with two orange kittens, and before we even got home they had new names: Aslan and Judah.

My youngest did not like the name Aslan and was insistent we call him Buddy instead. You see, he did not know the story of Aslan. At nine years old, my son is not much of a reader. He prefers the outdoors and sports to books. So we decided to have a family movie night, complete with burgers and fries and peach cobbler, to watch The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and hopefully convince him that Aslan is indeed a good name.

I know this story backwards and forwards. I’ve been reading it since fourth grade when my parents bought me the books. I’d read through them almost every other year growing up. But I noticed something new while watching the movie with him: It is an unlikely story.

My son knows that Aslan represents Jesus, and he knows the story of Jesus very well. But he was still surprised by Aslan’s death and the fact that he died to save Edmund. He actually kept asking us, “He is coming back, isn’t he?” as if he was worried Aslan would stay dead and the evil witch would win.

It was almost as if the story was so unlikely that it was hard to believe, even though he knew the story behind the story. The unlikeliness of the life, death, and resurrection of Aslan mirrored the very unlikeliness of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

In his letter to the Christians in Rome, the apostle Paul says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). I often find this hard to believe, if I’m honest. Not on a factual level but on a personal level. I know how much like Edmund I am. I know the evil that resides in my heart. I know the betrayal I have shown toward the King. And so it seems unlikely that after living a perfect life, He would die to save me and then rise again to conquer death.

It all sounds so unlikely, but it’s a true story. And it’s the best news I’ve ever heard.

Written by Matthew B. Redmond

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5 thoughts on "Jesus Lived, Died, and Rose from the Grave"

  1. Joshua H. says:

    If The death and resurrection of Jesus were a story (as the Jesus Seminar folks always claimed) then our redemption would be based on nothing.

  2. Micah says:

    How extraordinary our God is!

  3. Micah Edwards says:

    Lord, I know the story. I know you lived the life we couldn’t live, died the death that we deserve, and rose again so we might have eternal life. I know you came at the right time and died for us, while we were still enemies to God.

    But I don’t KNOW the story. I don’t really know how much was at stake. I don’t know the magnitude of this sacrifice. I have been desensitized to the message.

    Show me the magnitude of Your sacrifice. Break me down. Reveal what your death really means for me in my life.

  4. Del’Shawn says:

    As I sit and reflect of my own sin, failures, deceit, ungodliness, I see how far I am from God. At the same time, I see the supernatural and undeserved grace and love that God continually holds out before me. Not matter how many times I fail, God is still there waiting for me. He’s saying, “Come Home.” Thanks to Jesus’s life, his death and his resurrection, I can walk back to into the arms of God.

  5. Jonathan says:

    I have been left with one resonating thought in all of this today:

    “We do Not Deserve this. At all.”

    And it humbles me, and moves me to worship.
    Praise the Lord who would do such a miraculous thing!
    Amen.

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